Date lodged: 7 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11055 by Jeane Freeman on 18 September 2017, in light of its commitment to do so "at a later stage", whether it now monitors the ethnicity of individuals participating in its Social Security Experience Panels, and, if so, when this data will be published.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 17 August 2018
In May 2018 Experience Panel members were invited to participate in a survey to update their details and to provide information relating to their protected characteristics. This included a question asking them their ethnicity. The survey and each individual question were voluntary. The results of this survey are still being analysed and will be published later in 2018. We will continue to provide panel members with opportunities to update their details, including opportunities to provide information about their protected characteristics, including ethnicity.